Tesla has confirmed its V4 Superchargers will be capable of 350kW. Currently, V4 Superchargers are limited to 250kW, the same as its V3 counterparts.
Tesla confirmed this information in a planning submission for a charging site in Swindon, UK. The submission also contained images of the charging stalls, which confirmed a payment screen and an oval base. The submission also states, “All charging units are universal and can be used by an EV user.” EV owners that want to use Tesla’s “ultra-rapid” V4 Superchargers will be able to take advantage of them, despite not having the Tesla app or account.
Maximum Charging Speeds For V4
V4 Superchargers are currently limited to 250kW, but with the increase to 350kW, we'll see much higher burst speeds. Charging at 350kW could allow Teslas to charge at up to 1,400 miles per hour, or 115 miles in just five minutes. While these are tremendous speeds, your vehicle will not charge the entire time at these high speeds.
To achieve the full 350kW speed, your battery will need to be pre-conditioned and at a low state of charge. For Teslas, this is between about 5 to 30 percent. If those criteria are met, your vehicle will ramp up to its maximum charging speed for a short period of time.
As your vehicle gets closer to finish charging, the speeds will slow down to preserve battery health and longevity.
Faster Future Charging
Tesla doesn't plan to stop at 350kW. At the Tesla Semi unveiling event, CEO Elon Musk and Dan Priestley, Tesla Semi program manager, confirmed that the Cybertruck will use the same charging technology as the Tesla Semi, allowing it to accept 1MW of DC fast-charging. This will apparently be possible because of Tesla’s innovative “immersion cooling technology.”
V4 Superchargers Make Appearance at Goodwood Festival
A few weeks ago, the V4 Superchargers were on full display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. The Tesla Owners UK Twitter account shared close-up images of the new Superchargers, which interestingly had space for a screen and contactless payment terminal.
Tesla allows owners to seamlessly pay for their charging sessions. Their car is linked to their Tesla account and credit card, which is charged upon the completion of a session. When Tesla started opening Superchargers to non-Teslas, these owners needed a way to pay for their EV juice. They added the “Charge Your Non-Tesla,” which guides non-Tesla owners to create a Tesla account and add their payment information.
However, the addition of the contactless payment device in V4 removes the need for an app entirely. Non-Tesla owners may be able to simply pull up to a Supercharger, swipe their card, and charge.
First V4 Supercharger Opens
Tesla opened its first V4 Supercharger in Harderwijk, Netherlands earlier this year. The site has 16 stalls and includes longer charging cables to make it easier for non-Teslas to charge. The first V4 site was originally going to be in Danvers, Massachusetts.
European regulations state that an app shouldn’t be required to use an EV charging station, which is likely why V4 stations will have the contactless payment terminal.
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The Cybertruck has bi-directional charging, letting you power your home
Not a Tesla App
Elon Musk stood in the back of a Cybertruck with the words behind him: more utility than a truck. Faster than a sports car. Tesla's CEO then backed up that statement for the next 20 minutes with real-world examples.
The presentation showed a Cybertruck out pull an F350 and other competitors. A video demonstrated the Cybertruck beating a Porsche 911 on the quarter mile - the Cybertruck was also hauling a Porsche 911. Of course, the bullet tests video was on screen, with a slow-motion shot of a bullet bouncing off the stainless steel.
The delivery event mostly exceeded expectations, as the stainless steel beast is now on the road. Let's dive a little deeper into some of the unprecedented functionality and cutting-edge technology Cybertruck offers.
Biggest Breakthroughs: Steer-By-Wire System
One of the most talked-about features is the Cybertruck's steer-by-wire system. This advanced technology eliminates the need for a mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the wheels, offering precision control and a new level of driving experience.
Its implementation is a game-changer, providing drivers with enhanced maneuverability and a turning radius that rivals most sedans. Elon Musk compared it to a jet fighter, stating if you steer the yoke just a little in a parking lot, the vehicle can turn a lot, but if you steer the yoke on the highway, it will adapt to the speed and maneuver the truck accordingly.
We hoped this one was coming. One of the Cybertruck's most innovative features is bi-directional charging. This capability allows the Cybertruck to charge its own batteries and power external devices and even other electric vehicles. Whether it's powering tools at a construction site or providing emergency power during a grid outage, the Cybertruck doubles as a mobile power station.
Tesla has put its largest-ever battery into the Cybertruck. The Cybertruck isn't a light vehicle, coming in at 6,603 lbs for the AWD version and 6,843 lbs (3,103 kg) for Cyberbeast, so the fact that it includes Tesla's largest battery isn't surprising.
The AWD and Cyberbeast versions of the Cybertruck both contain a new 123kWh battery. This battery uses 4680 cells and is the equivalent of more than 9 Powerwalls. If you're planning to use the Cybertruck for backup power for your home, there's a lot to like here.
The Cybertruck will be the first Tesla to include a powered frunk. It seems that you'll not only be able to open the frunk, but also close it from within the vehicle or through the Tesla app. The spacious trunk also doubles as a bench seat for two for tailgating, sporting events or camping.
To go along with the power station Cybertruck's super-tough composite bed doesn't require a liner, setting a new standard in durability. This feature is designed to handle all sorts of cargo without worrying about scratches or dents, reflecting Tesla's commitment to both utility and longevity.
Theater on Wheels
The Cybertruck has a massive 18.5
The Cybertruck is designed to offer an unparalleled in-vehicle entertainment experience. Its recording studio sound dynamics featuring 15 speakers, including two dedicated subwoofers and distributed amplifiers, transforms into a mobile theater, delivering an immersive audio experience.
At the heart of the Cybertruck's interior are the massive 18.5" touchscreen in the front and the 9.4" touchscreen in the back, both boasting an all-new user interface. These screens are more than just displays; they're control centers that put a wide range of functions at the fingertips of both the driver and passengers.
In line with Tesla's focus on safety and health, the Cybertruck comes equipped with a built-in hospital-grade HEPA filter and Bioweapon Defense Mode, providing protection against 99.97% of airborne particles. This feature, known as the Bioweapon Defense Mode, ensures that the cabin air is clean and safe, regardless of external conditions.
With a range of up to 340 miles on a single charge and the capability to recover up to 136 miles with just 15 minutes of supercharging, the Cybertruck is ready for any adventure. The electronically adaptive air suspension further enhances its off-road capabilities, offering up to 17" of clearance.
Price and Specs Overview
The Cybertruck is offered in three trim levels: the Tri-Motor "Cyberbeast" at $99,990, the Dual-Motor All-Wheel-Drive at $79,990, and the Rear-Wheel-Drive at $60,990. Each model promises a blend of power, efficiency, and range that sets a new benchmark in the electric truck segment.
Tesla has previously stated that it will produce 200,000 Cybertrucks a year. With well over a million reservations, many people could wait a long time to get this vehicle. With that in mind, Tesla offers $1,000 off any other model when customers buy a Cybertruck but take delivery of a different Tesla before December 31.
Tesla has announced final pricing for its Cybertruck
Tesla just finished its Cybertruck delivery event and has now announced final specs and pricing for its three Cybertruck variants.
Specifications and Prices
Estimated Price: $60,990
Estimated Range: 250 miles
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds
Estimated Price: $79,990
Estimated Range: 340 miles
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds
Top Speed: 112 mph
Torque: 7,435 lb-ft
Towing Capacity: 11,000 lbs
Estimated Price: $99,990
Estimated Range: 320 miles
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph
Torque: 10,296 lb-ft
Towing Capacity: 11,000 lbs
Final Specs & Prices Compared to 2019
This is how the final specs and pricing compare to the initial specs that Tesla was aiming for during their 2019 Cybertruck event.
0 to 60 mph
< 6.5 seconds
0 to 60 mph
< 4.5 seconds
0 to 60 mph
< 2.9 seconds
To be announced
Comparison and Analysis
Pricing: The base price for the Cybertruck has increased from the initially announced $39,900 to $60,990. Similarly, the prices for the higher-tier models have also seen an increase. The Dual-Motor model went from $49,900 to $79,990, and the Tri-Motor model from $69,900 to $99,990.
Performance: The 0-60 mph acceleration times have slightly changed. The RWD model remains the same, while the Dual-Motor and Tri-Motor models have become slightly faster. The range of the top-tier model (Tri-Motor/Cyberbeast) is notably reduced from the initial 500 miles to 320 miles in the latest update.
Towing Capacity: The towing capacity for the Tri-Motor model is reduced from the initially announced 14,000 lbs to 11,000 lbs.
The increased prices could be attributed to various factors, including inflation, changes in manufacturing costs, or strategic pricing decisions. The reduction in the range and towing capacity of the top-tier model might be due to technical challenges.
Either way, we now have the greatly anticipated Cybertruck specs and pricing. It'll be interesting to see the affects this news will have on preorders.
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